Line of the Night: I’m sorry. At this point I’m all tuckered out with all the buzz surrounding Carmelo Anthony (2.95) and his potential destination(s), but what can I do? He got LOTN, but Denver lost. That dear friends is what’s going to sum up whatever ends up transpiring before/after the trade deadline. So without further ado and any real fanfare here are the digits: 50 points (16-24 from the field), 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks. <Insert long tirade about all of the Melodrama surrounding his future HERE>
What really impressed me last night was what the underdog Trail Blazers were, once again, amazingly able to pull out of their hat. They came away with a win against a very formidable team from the East in the form of the Chicago Bulls. They survived a Carlos Boozer double-double and a D-Rose 36-point performance to come up with the upset. Andre Miller (2.66) had the best line for the team as far as fantasy hoops are concerned with 27 points (7-11 from the field, 13-13 from the line), 6 rebounds, 11 assists, and 4 steals. Huge game. Not far behind him though is a man, who may have been snubbed during the entire selection process for the Western Conference all-stars, but in my view is a true, real-life and fantasy all-star in his own right. Of course the player I am referring to is none other than LaMarcus Aldridge (2.21), who once again (like many times this season) elevated his game to another level as he scored 42 points (15-23 from the field), grabbed 8 rebounds, and came up with 2 blocks. The Blazers, on some level, should just probably christen this guy as their new official cornerstone and future of their franchise. Even with Brandon Roy supposedly attempting to make a return to the hardwood THIS WEEK, let’s face it, this is Aldridge’s team. He’s carried it on his broadening shoulders long enough to at least deserve that distinction, right? I mean seriously, in what shape or form has Tim Duncan been better or more valuable than LaMarcus? Oh well, expect Aldridge to be selected next season. Count on it. Because whether or not he’s going to play in that game or not, he’s all-star-caliber guy. Period.
In other games around the league, regular fantasy monsters kept pace with their impressive fantasy seasons thus far Kevin Love (2.10) was his usual beastly self and set a new team record for double-doubles as he poured on the LOVE with 27 points (14-14 from the line) and 17 rebounds.Meanwhile, Chris Paul (1.84) did a bang up job, well at least statistically (Hornets lost to the T-Wolves), with 17 points, 6 boards, 13 dimes, and 4 steals.
Melo may have finished with line of the night, but the true winners in that game were the Houston Rockets as they overcame his 50-point performance and took home the notch in the win column. They were primarily carried by Kevin Martin (1.83) who brought his A-game via 37 points (4 threes), 7 assists, and 3 steals.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: The Timberwolves lost Darko Milicic early in the first Q due to a strained hip flexor, and guess who stepped up? It’s GMTR’s (well more of Nels, really) old cult favorite, Anthony Tolliver (1.11). He got some extra mileage due to Darko’s absence and finished with a classic Tolliver line: 12 points (4 threes), 7 rebounds (3% owned). If both Darko and Michael Beasely are expected to miss any length of time, you should definitely consider picking up Tolliver, especially during the upcoming all-star week.
Pick Up Lines: Chuck Hayes (1.09) showed up with yet another understated line: 12 points (5-8 from the field) and 10 boards. (38% owned)
Once again, Sam Young (0.81) (7% owned) has shown flashes of why the Grizzlies may want to consider letting go of troubled O.J. Mayo before the trade deadline expires. His 22 points and 2 steals are clear indicators that he should, at the very least be on people’s radars while Mayo’s fate/future is up in the air.
“Mr. Pleasant Surprise of the Season,” Wesley Matthews (-0.67), had an off night as he only managed to score 6 points, grab 4 rebounds, dish 2 assists, and hurt his owners’ FG% category by only converting 3-12 shots from the field. Nothing to read into this folks. He’s been a worthy stand-in for Mr. Roy, and even with Brandon’s impending return, Matthews’ value shouldn’t too big of a hit. His owners should only begin to panic IF Roy manages to pull off some kind of miraculous recovery.
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